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September 2018

Bad bunker risk will rise in 2020: Bunker states must take action

Recent reports of a rise in fuel contamination cases have increased the industry’s concerns over quality and safety of blended fuels as 2020 approaches. And for a good reason. A spike in demand for new low sulphur blends from 1 January 2020 will greatly increase the risk of contamination. Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO calls for bunker states to take responsibility.

Fit for purpose: are your bunker clauses 2020 ready?

Technical, regulatory and financial aspects of the 2020 global fuel sulphur cap regime understandably loom large in people’s minds. But the importance of the contractual dimension should not be overlooked. BIMCO is forging ahead with an all-encompassing 2020 Clause for charter parties, which should be published in November. 

August 2018

Maritime authorities kick off a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on air pollution

The Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control starts a inspection campaign on MARPOL Annex VI (Air pollution) from 1 Sept to 30 Nov 2018 – Checklist and Guidance provided.

Updated guide on managing maintenance of the ISM Code

IACS has revised Recommendation 74 "Guide to managing maintenance in accordance with the requirements of the ISM Code" in August 2018

Ballast Water - Discussions with USCG on Current Extension Policy

This is an extract of a report supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. The full CSA report is also provided. 

Vessel General Permit (VGP) 3.0 – Where is it?

This is an extract of a report supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. The full CSA report is also provided. 

July 2018

ISO issue letter of conformity ahead of 2020 sulphur cap

The 2020 0.50% sulphur limit for fuel oil used outside emission control areas will undoubtedly create operational issues for crews onboard ships. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has now  issued a letter in this regard rebutting these claims.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the June 2018 update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA June report is also provided. 

China bans scrapping of foreign ships by end of year

The Chinese government has vowed to put an end to the scrapping of ships not carrying a Chinese flag.

China cuts age of import ships further to reduce emissions

The Chinese Ministry of Transport has announced new regulations requiring all ships imported for domestic use, and Chinese flagged ships for international use, to be compliant with IMO Tier II emissions standards from 1 September 2018, in a bid to cut NOx emissions from diesel engines.

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